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HP Notebook - 15-ra012nt
Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit)

I want to install Windows 7 but I can't because it doesnt detect my HDD. I'm guessing its a driver problem? I couldn't find SATA drivers for Windows 7. Does anyone have them or is it impossible?

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Hi:

 

The notebook was designed to run W10.

 

Is there a reason you aren't installing the supported operating system?

 

Install W10, and if you still want to install W7, I'll see what I can do to help, but the only W7 SATA AHCI drivers I can find do not seem to support the Celeron processors.

 

I've zipped up and attached them below if you want to try them first.

 

What I need to know is the name and model of the SATA controller that W10 installs that will be listed under the IDE/ATA atapi controllers device manager category.

 

If the reason you aren't installing W10 is because you don't have a product key, you should be able to activate W10 with your W7 key.

 

When you go to install W10, you will be asked what version of W10 you want to install. 

 

Select the version of W10 that your W7 product key is good for...Home or Pro.

 

Then you will be asked to enter a product key.

 

Select the 'I don't have a product key option.

 

Click in the Windows icon on the lower left of the taskbar>Settings>Update & Security>Activation>Change Product Key.

 

A window will open for you to enter a product key.

 

Enter the 25-character W7 product key you have, and you should be able to activate Windows with the key.

 

One other note:

 

The Wi-Fi card your notebook has will not work in W7 unless you remove it and mask some pins.

 

See this video...

 

https://youtu.be/jfqMxx-OBCU 

 

 

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I tried the SATA drivers you attacted, it didnt work. I dont care about Internet connectivity. I also need Windows 7 since the thing I'm trying to do only works on 7 or XP.

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Unfortunately, I won't be able to help you then.

 

If you don't have Windows installed on the drive, you can't let me know the name or hardware ID of the SATA controller and without that, there is nothing I can do.

 

If you are using a USB flash drive to install W7, you must boot it from the notebook's USB 2 port.

 

W7 does not have the USB drivers for it to work from a USB 3 port.

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Hardware ID of SATA controller is this i think:Capture.PNG

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Yes, that is the SATA controller hardware ID, but I cannot find any drivers for it.

 

You can google the ID and see what you can find.

 

PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_22A3

 

Good luck,

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